I have a thing for nice homewares outside of my love for collecting vintage metal containers and frames. Neighbour in Vancouver just received these amazing looking Japanes made, cotton shirt stripe towels from Yoshii Towel. Saager, owner of Neighbour, was telling me they're strong and have excellent water absorbtion. He also said they have terry cloth material on the reverse. So there you have it. A quality made, handsome towel you can use and be proud of.